Why Has Winter Arrived So Late?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After three months of a whole lot of nothing, Minnesotans are looking at this winter with a raised eyebrow.

“You know, I’m still waiting for winter to start,” said Bob Macdonald, who has lived in Minnesota 37 years.

Native Minnesotan, Anne Passon has a similar take.

“I feel like I should go put on my bathing suit and sunbathe.”

These aren’t the sort of things you’d expect to hear with a week to go in February, but with only 18 inches of snow recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport all season, they’re not that strange.

At this time last season, we had more than 70 inches of snow. In fact, the storm that brought down the Dome dumped 17.1 inches on us, almost equal to this season’s total snow output.

But, with several snow storms giving us a chance to double our season’s output in just the next week, it begs the question: What changed?

“Probably the zonal flow, or something of that nature,” theorized Randy Althoff, a resident of Jordan, MN. “Those weather people come up with all these goofy names.”

Yes we do, Randy.

Essentially, the zonal flow he’s talking about means to move from west to east. When the jet stream is set up that way, storms have a tough time making it across the country without falling apart.

The opposite of zonal is meridional, which we’ve seen more of recently, and that set up gives storms a fighting chance.

If you’re still awake after reading that, there is another big factor, luck. A lot of storms have just plain missed us this year.

Looking forward, it’s not just next week that looks especially snowy. March is the third snowiest month of the year in the Twin Cities, averaging even more flakes than February.

The lesson here: Don’t drag out your spring wardrobe just yet.

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  • Matt

    Wait, what? Winter has arrived? What did I miss?

    • Matt

      Ah, just watched the noon weather report. Never mind. :)

      • Gumption

        Maverick: o fi :DAlina: a fi cu ceilalti se ddesovete, in anumite momente ale vietii tale, a nu fi chiar un privilegiu si este foarte posibil sa nu ai ce darui sau ce impartasi

  • Bren

    Winter arrived late???? I think not. Mother nature decided to apologize for the 98 inches last year.

  • dontwory22

    wow Wcco is really really bored Next topic why is the sun bright

  • JEAN

    ILY 3 GUY’S, you ‘ve made my day, hahahah thank you :)

  • Obv.

    So there’s a chance of snow, that means winter has arrived?

  • Murph

    Who says it arrived.This is typical or milder than most springs we have ever seen! I’ll bet the DEM governor,unlike the GOP POTUS candidate from Texas will not lay off 3/4 of firefighters if the drought continues!When people in Arkansas and points west last summer lost two hundred plus lives to tornados.Tongue in check weathermen said they wondered where the heat came from to fuel those deadly tornadoes! Nobody,it seems dared to point the finger at Texas.How disgusting! When 1/3 of your state is on fire just hope to God that a GOP’er is in charge! Murderous b’turds as they are! Almost as bad as the boiled in their attics victims of another Republicturds total shame! Wake up people,you mean NOTHING to them! It’s a cook book!

  • Obv.

    Lay off firefighters over 70% of their calls are non fire related anyway, total waste.

  • Brett

    Why does the sun rise in the East?

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